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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Nov 24, 2013 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: For staggerlib (I think)

Shep Siegel is a genius engineer whom I knew very well when I worked for Ampex. Shep worked with Todd Rundgren as the chief engineer of Bearsville Studios over thirty years ago. He was a young kid genius, maybe 21, I'm not exactly sure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearsville_Studios

Then Shep began working for Ampex as their "superstar" Engineer for their new ADO debut in the early 1980s. I was working for Ampex as a field engineer from 1982 - 1984 in NYC. That's how I know Shep. He's a lot of fun to be around. I could tell you Ampex stories about Shep.

The first batch of ADOs came out at a cost of ~ $200,000 each. Only ten of them were manufactured in the first production run. Then Ampex manufactured many of them and they reduced the price. They sold hundreds of them. Ampex made $millions.

The ADO was designed in Redwood City, Calif. We built them in Colorado Springs.

In 1981 Ampex introduces ADO (Ampex Digital Optics), which creates digital special effects, allowing rotation and perspective of video images, changing forever the way television material will be manipulated and created.The ADO Digital Effects System wins an Emmy award for Technical Excellence in 1983.

Like I've said so many times, I owe everything in my electronics career to GD, Bear, Alembic, and Ampex. Not to mention, thanks Todd Rundgren and Shep Siegel.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6j2rb_ado-ampex-digital-optics-demo-tape_shortfilms
http://www.linkedin.com/in/shepardsiegel
http://www.eeweb.com/spotlight/interview-with-shep-siegel
http://archive.org/post/240947/alembic-history